Broadleaf Weeds vs Grassy Weeds

The Difference Between the Two Types of Weeds


Weeds come in all shapes, sizes, and colors. They can often be split into two categories: broadleaf weeds and grassy weeds. Identifying which kind is plaguing your lawn can help you determine the course of action to rid your lawn of the plants that ruin that carpet-like appearance. Here’s how you can tell the difference between types of weeds.

Broadleaf Weeds


Add the name suggests, broadleaf weeds have leaves. Often times, their leaves have net-like veins. Sometimes, they have bright flowers once they reach maturity. This type of weed is easy to spot in your yard because it looks so different than your grass.


  • Chickweed
  • Dandelions
  • Plantain
  • Clover
  • Curly dock
  • Prostrate spurge
  • Thistle
  • Violets

Grassy Weeds


This type of weed resembles the grass on your lawn, and it can be more challenging to identify. However, the blades often sprout out in different directions, while grass grows straight up.


  • Annual bluegrass
  • Annual ryegrass
  • Barnyardgrass
  • Bermudagrass
  • Carpetgrass
  • Crabgrass
  • Creeping bentgrass
  • All types of sedges

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We know how to handle and identify all types of weeds. Check out our lawn weed library to get a head-start on identifying what’s plaguing your yard. In addition to providing weed control with our many lawn care plans, we also can come out and service your lawn just to make it free of weeds. Simply call us today at 765-771-9998 for a free quote and to schedule a service.